The common cold is caused by a viral infection of the upper respiratory tract. There are many different viruses that can infect the upper respiratory tract and cause the common cold. The most common that causes a cold is called the Rhinovirus. Rhinovirus is highly contagious and spreads either through droplet particles in the air (when someone coughs or sneezes) or through contact with contaminated surfaces.
With PlushCare, you can book an appointment, speak with a doctor online and get diagnosed and prescribed medication (if necessary).
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Check Your Symptoms
Symptoms of a cold usually begin about 2 to 3 days after being exposed to a sick person and tend to last 7 to 10 days. Symptoms of the common cold usually include:
Get a Prescription Online
If your cold does not go away in a week or is rapidly getting worse, consult a doctor about your treatment options. If a PlushCare doctor thinks you could benefit from medication they can write you a prescription. They will electronically send your prescription to the pharmacy of your choice.
Because colds are viral infections antibiotics will not be prescribed. Most colds will go away on there own. That said if your symptoms are particularly bad, a doctor may be able to help.
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Treatments for the common cold are given to help provide symptomatic relief. Some examples of symptomatic treatments include pain relievers (Tylenol, ibuprofen), decongestant medications and cough suppressants. Antibiotics have no effect on the cold virus and should not be taken. To find out which treatment is best for your cold talk to a PlushCare doctor.
1. Schedule an appointment from your phone
2. Speak with a doctor for 15 minutes
3. Pick up your prescription from a pharmacy near you
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